feathery tutu, mountain tutu, small-leaved tutu
Coriaria lurida var. parviflora Cockayne et Allan; Coriaria lurida complex sensu Allan (1961)
Vascular – Native
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
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Current conservation status
The conservation status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2017 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2012 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: By Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, John W. Barkla, Shannel P. Courtney, Paul D. Champion, Leon R. Perrie, Sarah M. Beadel, Kerry A. Ford, Ilse Breitwieser, Ines Schönberger, Rowan Hindmarsh-Walls, Peter B. Heenan and Kate Ladley.
2012 | Not Threatened
Previous conservation statuses
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
Low-growing bushy spreading shrub consisting of many erect branches bearing feathery dark green narrow pointed leaves 6-8mm long by 1.5-3mm wide, widest near base of leaf. Inhabiting open upland areas. Branches square in cross-section, soft. Fruit black, arranged in a short spike.
North Island from Mount Egmont and Mount Hikurangi south and throughout South Island.
Occurs in lowland to lower subalpine zones on alluvial ground, grassland, stream-beds and debris slopes.
Fleshy berries are dispersed by frugivory (Thorsen et al., 2009).
coriaria: From the Latin corium ‘hide’, possibly from the use of some species for tanning leather
All Coriaria species are poisonous especially the seed inside the black berries. Click on this link for more information about Poisonous native plants.